A domestic black comedy, MISTER E (1950s) expresses some of the edgier mischief and discontent that women of the 1950s could rarely express openly. This short film narrates the revenge acted out by a young wife, left at home while her husband is at a card game; by staging a rendezvous with a mannequin, this woman provokes an eruption of jealousy and violence before bringing about the desired marital tenderness. From our Margaret Conneely Collection.
Margaret Conneely, an award winning and prolific amateur filmmaker, began making films when she joined a Chicago amateur film club in 1949. She shot and directed 16mm films at a time when most of the women of these clubs were less technically inclined and often delegated to the role of actress or slides manager. Her work is well crafted, clever and subtly subversive. One of her films, THE FAIRY PRINCESS (1956), was awarded a National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) preservation grant and the resulting elements will reside at CFA. Three others, including MISTER E have been restored through a preservation grant from the Women's Film Preservation Fund and Colorlab film laboratories. For more information on these preservation projects, visit our website's preservation page at:
Chicago Film Archives holds the copyright for the films created by Margaret Conneely.